NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 03: Matt Donovan #46 of the New York Islanders stretches during warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh